Hackworth counters Linn's criticism at debate
At last Friday's debate before the Suncoast Tiger Bay club, Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth and Max Linn disagreed over the value of the housing bill recently passed by Congress. The two men and Samm Simpson are competing to win the Democratic primary for Congressional District 10 on Tuesday.
Hackworth, who put out a press release at the time saying he would have voted for the bill and chastising incumbent U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young for voting against it, said the "recent housing bill that was just passed is fantastic." He added it addresses foreclosures and will help local governments with housing funding. He ended by saying, "A lot more needs to be done."
In Linn's response to the question, he referred to Hackworth, saying, "Even though you may think it’s fantastic, I think it’s a quagmire of confusion." He added that he had read the bill that morning and found it undecipherable, even as a former financial planner. He questioned why Congress makes it "so darn hard" for people to understand their government.
Well, here's Hackworth's counter.
“Max Linn is wrong in criticizing this historic piece of legislation. It shows his lack of understanding of both the housing foreclosure crisis and the fact that it is worth celebrating that our leaders in Congress finally acted in a way that worked through the complexities of the multiple and legitimate needs of different constituencies to craft a comprehensive legislative response that works for all Americans."
“When we see our national leaders taking positive collective action, it is important to recognize it and express our appreciation.”
--Stephanie Garry, Times Staff Writer